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SGT Michael “Mike” Colalillo

SGT Michael “Mike” Colalillo

Birth
Hibbing, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
Death 30 Dec 2011 (aged 86)
Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 82703001 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. One of nine children born to Italian immigrants, he enlisted in the US Army at Fort Snelling, Minnesota on February 2, 1944. Assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, his company was pinned downed by heavy artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire in the vicinity of Untergriesheim, Germany on April 7, 1945. Colalillo used a supporting tank to run forward, inspiring his comrades to do the same. His machine pistol was destroyed by shrapnel so he climbed a friendly tank and manned the exposed machinegun on the turret, destroying two enemy machineguns and killing, wounding or scattering four enemy positions. When his machinegun jammed, he used a submachine gun from the tank crew and continued to attack on foot. "By his intrepidity and inspiring courage (he) gave tremendous impetus to his company's attack, killed or wounded 25 of the enemy in bitter fighting, and assisted a wounded soldier in reaching the American lines at great risk of his own life." He received his medal from President Harry Truman on December 18, 1945. After the war, he worked as a coal dump laborer and longshoreman, retiring in 1987. At his death he was Minnesota's last living CMOH recipient.

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  • Originally Created by: James Radzak
  • Added: 30 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82703001
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Michael “Mike” Colalillo (1 Dec 1925–30 Dec 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82703001, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .